I had the opportunity to attend the AT&T untold stories event and it was amazing to watch as the BIPOC filmmakers pitched their film. The stories of the filmmakers had a connection to an issue or cause that was near and dear to their hearts. From the four contestants that pitched their film AT&T* and Tribeca selected “Color Book” as the winner of the 2023 Untold Stories event.
Filmmaker, David Fortune, competed amongst four other finalists to win $1 million and receive year-round mentorship to produce their feature film.
This year’s event took place at the 2023 Tribeca Festival giving emerging filmmakers including David Fortune, Maria Mealla, Miguel Angel Caballero, Moon Molson, Selyna Warren and Marissa Read, the opportunity to present their stories to an expert jury comprised of renowned industry talents and professionals, such as: actor Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher (2002), Glory Road (2006) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)), actor/producer Mo McRae (A Lot of Nothing (2022)), The First Purge (2018) and Wild (2014)), Kellyn Smith Kenny (Chief Marketing and Growth Officer, AT&T), actress Michael Michelle (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003), Dark Blue (2002), New Jack City (1991)), and Nardeep Khurmi (2021 Untold Stories winner with “Land of Gold”).
While David Fortune took home the top honor, the other four finalists were also each awarded a $15,000 grant to further develop their ideas.
I can’t wait to see the finished product!